It is now over fifty years since the first Brisbane Truck Show (formerly the Queensland Truck Show) in 1968.
The show has a rich history since it was launched at Haulmark Trailers in Rocklea, before moving to the Rocklea Wool Stores through the 1970’s.
Many fondly remember the show at the Brisbane Showgrounds – the home of the EKKA, as locals know it.
With the 2023 show, the seventh to be held at the “world’s best” Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, located within the wonderful South Bank precinct, the destination is more compelling than ever.
- 1968 – The first Queensland Truck Show, at Haulmark Trailer’s premises, Ipswich Road, Rocklea, featuring twenty-one transport industry exhibitors who went on to form the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland.
- 1970 – Moved to the Rocklea Wool Stores.
- 1979 – Since 1979 the show has run every two years.
- 1983 – Relocated to the Royal National Association Showgrounds (R.N.A.) where it remained for almost thirty years as the Queensland Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show.
- 2011 – Moved to its current world class home. Now known as the Brisbane Truck Show.
- 2015 – CVIAQ became Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia.
- 2017 – The 50th Anniversary Brisbane Truck Show hosted almost 300 industry exhibitors, and attracted over 33,000 visitors over four days. The event generated the equivalent of 279 full time jobs, and added additional expenditure of over $73 million in output into the economy.
- 2019 – The umbrella event Australian Heavy Vehicle Industrry Week, was created to take in all the event and activations taking place in and around the Brisbane Truck Show, including the first South Bank Truck Festival – the community facing event at the adjacent South Bank Parklands.
- 2021 – In spite of lockdowns and border closures the show went full steam ahead. The week of events now includes the Heavy Equipment & Machinery Show in partnership with CCFQ – with tickets enabling entry to both shows.
- 2023 – As well as drawing a record attendance of over 42,000, the 2023 truck show will be remembered for the unprecendented display of BEC and FCEV vehicles and related technology leading the industry’s journey to de-carbonisation. The South Bank Truck Festival featured community two rock concerts, an amazing full-scale Lego prime mover and Electric Avenue showcasing the electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to the broader community. Free buses took visitors to the Heavy Equipment & Machinery Show at the Brisbane Showgrounds, and the Heritage Truck Show at the Rocklea Showgrounds.
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